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Mom authors book on son's trauma, recovery


An Atlanta mother with Statesboro ties has shared her written thoughts after her son's near death experience.

Ellen Murkison's son, Brian, was seven back in December 2011 when the family came home from Atlanta to visit family.

They'd gone to look at Christmas lights one night when Brian, older son Ben, and their grandpa were in a horrific crash. Ben suffered major cuts and blood loss. Brian's injuries were internal and more severe.

"He had major brain trauma that we were told would not improve," she said.

Over the next few days, he went from ICU to hospice as doctors expected the worse. Ellen and her husband, David, updated friends continuously through their online blog.

"As I wrote and shared, people would reply back and tell me that how I'd written it had touched them," she recalled.

The online updates prompted friends to share with others and ask people to pray. Those prayers came from friends and contacts worldwide.

Ultimately, Brian improved and moved from hospice back to a hospital, then to a rehab facility and then home.

Ellen put her writings together in book form titled "Prayers from Fiji". The book details Brian's ordeal and recovery, as well as the support the family received.

Ellen will launch her book Saturday, Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Averitt Arts Center in Statesboro. 

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